James Cameron‘s Dances with Blue Cat Elf Pocahontas (aka Avatar) is what it is – the highest grossing movie of all time. With any ego-maniacal director, comes the George Lucas effect. The quest to make even MOAR monies. While Cameron is no George Lucas (Yet), he is trying to ring out everything he can from the franchise he created. Cameron is currently writing a novel along with two scripts for the next two Avatar films, and helping develop theme park attractions for Disney. He’s previously worked with Ubisoft on creating a semi decent tie-in movie video game, now Cameron is discussing his plans for an Avatar MMO project that he wants to launch around the time the next two Avatar films will be released. Ugh, an MMO of avatars controlling avatars role-playing having sex. Surely that cannot possibly fail
In a recent interview the filmmaker talks in depth about video games and where 3D film, home entertainment, and gaming will be in the future.
Portions of the interview are below, you can read it in full on IGN.
What role do you see videogames playing in the 3D landscape with PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS and NVIDIA 3D Vision?
Well, we love it because it’s another reason to buy a 3D display, another reason to buy a big home flat panel or whatever it is. We don’t do games, but we see that as part of the market and as proof that we’re going to take in all of our entertainment in 3D and within five years we’re going to be demanding it in 3D. If it’s not, it’s going to feel like it’s in black and white.
What do you say to the naysayers who don’t believe in 3D gaming or entertainment?
People apply these sort of artificial arguments, “Oh, well this is going to be good in 3D but this doesn’t really need to be in 3D.” But the entertainment industry spent twenty years arguing about what should or should not be in color and then color TV came along and everything was in color. Every movie was in color, every TV show is in color and we never went back. I think that that’s what 3D is going to be like. I think all of these arguments about what should and should not be in 3D are going to go away because frankly we see in 3D. You’re hardwired for 3D. All life on earth is hardwired for 3D, not just human beings. There’s an evolutionary reason why we see in 3D. It makes us better hunters. It makes us better at getting through the woods when a predator is behind us. We can’t not be in 3D. So it’s ludicrous to say one thing is going to be better in 3D and another thing is going to be better in 2D. That’s just people holding on to a reality that’s shredding all around them.
As we reported yesterday James Cameron is teaming up with Disney to become even richer by turning the highest grossing movie of all time in to just something gross. A theme park.
Today, we have more details for you!
Here’s the short form, what initially looked like a dumb idea now really looks like a dumb idea. Tom Staggs, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman (hands up if you think he should wear a ranger hat) blogged in the official Disney Parks blog to answer the questions on Pandorapaloza that no one asked.
Apparently they are going to toss it into Disney’s Animal Kingdom (’cause, that makes sense.) The unholy union of Cameron and Disney and its mission to bring Avatar into the theme park game is because the basic philosophic core of the movie fits with the mission of Disney, “With its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures and strong themes of family and loyalty”. It’s going to be placed with the sad lions and emotionally depressed giraffes in Disney’s Animal Kingdom because it “gives guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in whole new ways” (So, its like a Mexican donkey show? go on…) Stagg nicely avoids giving anything even remotely clear on what the Avatar theme park would contain other than saying “multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements.” GENIUS! A theme park that contains the basic elements of theme parks, that kid Stagg is gonna go far in the Parks and Resorts Biz!
Construction is set to begin in 2013 (right after they burn out the flora and fauna currently inhabiting the area without noticing the irony, I assume.) If you start saving now, you might be able to afford to see it when it opens in in 2016 or 2017. Till then, you’ll just have to settle on making James Cameron richer by seeing the up coming sequel and threequel for Avatar (2014 and 2015 respectively), buying the happy meals, playing the video games, or by helping him avoid paying Linda Hamilton alimony.
So, If you spend a lot of time worried that James Cameron isn’t rich enough, I am here to set your mind at ease. /Film is reporting [via the LA Times] that Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox is in cahoots with Walt Disney Co. to make “Dances with Blue Cat Elf Pocahontas: The Theme Park”. If the mind numbing eye strain causing 3D didn’t make you ill in the theatre, then try standing in line for 3 hours in the hot sun after packing back a $19 dollar chilli-dog. I’m sorry a “Hexapede tube meal”.
Ok, maybe I am being a bit harsh. I know, I know, tonnes of Avatards are currently communing with the Tree of Souls in their backyard and trying to book a flight on Expedia for this earth bound Pandora. So, I’ll play nice and make with some more details. It’ll be in Orlando first (the Mouse plans to build similar attractions at it’s other theme parks) and Cameron is heavily involved. That’s it. No word on what it will really be in terms of rides, shops, tours, cash grabs, etc. No real time frame either, so its a safe guess you’re going to have to wait a while to plug your ponytail/usb into the Great Leonopteryx or a Direhorse.
The film made 2.8 billion worldwide and is the highest grossing movie of all time. It had a whole weird world designed for it. It had action scenes that basically WERE amusement park rides. I guess this is a natural progression.
Maybe I am just bitter I won’t get the ride *I* want when its built. Giant space marine mechas playing scorched earth on the blue cat elves. Hoorah.
Sigourney Weaver is a woman of pop culture. Being a part some of the best Sci-Fi classics of all time, she has cemented herself as an OG of Bad-Ass Babes. So…when she speaks, we listen. In a recent interview with comingsoon.net the actress drops brief updates on Avatar 2 and Ghostbusters 3, 2 highly-anticipated franchise sequels.
In Avatar, Weaver’s character dies. Well, apparently, in James Cameron’s world…dead isn’t dead. Weaver revealed that she’ll indeed be back:
“Don’t worry, I will be back,” she said of Avatar 2, confirming the hint that she dropped nearly a year ago, “Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He’s told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they’re absolutely wonderful and there’s a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them.”
The first film left such a small impression on me that I could really care less about this news. ‘Sigourney Weaver as Eywa’. Whatever.
Ghostbusters founder, Dan Aykroyd has been assuring fans that 3rd film will be delivered. Weaver doesn’t sound as certain:
“I have yet to read the script,” she said, “I’ve had a couple of calls and I know they’re rewriting and all I said was that I hope my son, Oscar, has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that, I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and, if we have to let this one go, that’s fine.”
Adding to that info, Weaver suggested to Cinemablend that Bill Murray’s character Peter Venkman is a ghost in Ghostbusters 3:
Well I guess Peter Venkman is dead. Dana without… I guess his spectre always was with her, whether she liked it or not.
With Bill Murray’s total lack of interest in Ghostbusters 3, he might as well be dead.
Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender was an amazing series, funny, action packed and worth watching. That’s more then you can say for a few cartoons that should have died years ago -cough- SpongeBob -cough-. Thankfully Avatar: The Legend of Korra is just the sequel that will drag you right back into world where throwing fire doesn’t count as arson.
The Avatar world has become a vastly different place since The Last Airbender. It’s now full of cities, airships and statues of the fun loving Aang. Korra herself looks like someone that knows how to throw some punches, a strong female character for the kids to look up to. Too bad you won’t be able to spend hours watching this on repeat til 2012.
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Every Monday (Oops. Tuesday. Hope everyone still has all their finger and had a great 4th!) we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s edition: Millenium Falcon bean bag chair, hipster hobbits, Adam Savage singing “I Will Survive” as Gollum to Neil Gaiman, R2-D2 Operation, sexy Jade and Kitana cosplay, every Johnny Depp role, Portal 2 test chamber stickers, QR Rorschach, 10 Avatar tattoos too many?, incredible Mass Effect 2 cosplay, Portal sidewalk chalk art, The Matrix lobby scene dubbed with a capella audio track, kids buying violent video games, Steve Jobs action figure, Star Wars dogs, Lego Middle Earth, parseltongue translater, apocalypse survival suit, Green Lantern roller coaster, 6 Beloved 80s Toys With Bizarrely Horrifying Origin Stories, Dr. Sketchy’s Star Wars class, Shia Lebeouf banged Megan Fox, Dead Space cosplay, The Science of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Bean bags as your only furniture make you look like a total hippie burnout. But a bean bag chair shaped like the Millenium Falcon? You’d be the coolest burnout ever! (Geekologie)
Been wondering what rock James Cameron has been hiding under, and what he’s working on? Well wonder no more! He recently spoke to Fox News about his work on the Avatar sequels, and these are the little snippets from that interview.
Cameron on the story and production plans for the film:
“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that. We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back.”
Cameron on expectations for the next Avatar films to deliver more than the first:
“There’s always an expectation. I had to deal with that after ‘The Terminator’ back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was ‘what are you doing next?’ But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them,” he said. “The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don’t think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives.”
Cameron plans for these sequels to be released in December of 2014 and 2015. If you think that the first film was gigantic, well he is planning for these sequels to be big enough to provide some jobs here in the States. Jon Landau has estimated that 700 prospective jobs are available with this planned trilogy. Avatar exploded the 3-D market by showing the beauty and details that make the world in the film feel real and relatable to the audience.
With how well the first film did I am looking forward to see what he can still pull out of the Pandora Universe. What are your thoughts on this expected sequel?
Another James Cameron and Sam Worthington flick is in the works and it’s NOT an Avatar sequel.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Avatar director and star are in talks to come aboard a project called Myth that 20th Century Fox is looking to pick up. Almost nothing else is known about it, except that it’s been pitched by a writer named Will Staples, and it’s a big action/sci-fi adventure.
Staples Who? He has virtually no writing credits for film (he has un-produced scripts, but lets call him a film virgin), but chances are you’ve nerdgasm-ed over his other works. See, he’s a video-game writer and a pretty good one too. He’s responsible for a little series you might have heard of named Call of Duty, which happens to be one of the best-selling games of all time. OK, I’m listening.
Yea.. I don’t have any other information. All I can say is, that’s gotta be one hell of a script to get the attention of James Cameron. Am I right?
Does this mean Avatar sequels are postponed? No. Not that I know of anyway. With this particular project, it”s been said that Cameron is interested in being an executive producer on the project, and not directing, while Worthington is attached as a producer, not a star.
The project is in the very early stages of development, a lot could change over time, but with the players involved, I my ears are perked in curiosity. Again, anything that can get King of the World, James Cameron to stroke his chin in approval has got to be amazing! Will keep you posted as news develops.
Do you remember, way back when you first joined Facebook, the image that was your profile picture until you changed it?
It was a blue-ish background with the silhouette of a face. It seemed to almost taunt you, daring you to find a picture good enough to fill that space.
Luckily, artist and designer Ashley Hay created a bunch of profile pics based on popular icons from nerd and geek culture. The reason? So you can represent yourself without actually putting a picture of you up.
Represented in her work are such characters as Harley Quinn, the Punisher, Mario and more … which can be seen below the jump.
For more of her art, including more nerdy Facebook profile picture, be sure to check out her website!
Are you excited for the next installment of the Avatar franchise? I know I’m not!
Frankly, I thought the movie was ok. The story was bland, the dialogue was pretty corny, but the effects were amazing. Of that, there is no debate – seeing it in 3D was very, very cool.
But, when Avatar broke box office records, you just knew James Cameron would make more of them. And sure enough, he said that he has not one sequel planned, but two!
According to a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cameron is currently writing both films, and they will be shot back-to-back. He predicts that Avatar 2 will be released Christmas of 2014 with Avatar 3 in theaters a year later on Christmas of 2015.
Don’t hold your breath though, as Cameron is legendary for taking his damn time to make movies.